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About
Cruise on Queenstown's iconic vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw. Relax on board and admire the stunning alpine scenery whilst you cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Explore the decks, view the engine room, watch the stokers in action or purchase delicious snacks/ drinks from the Promenade Cafe. Operates daily, all year (except during annual maintenance).
Queenstown, New Zealand
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2023

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Sama
Queenstown, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Came her to enjoy a getaway birthday for few days. Took a look on my option and I picked this highly recommended activity. We departed at 5 pm and returned at 9 pm.
I upgraded my ticket from the lunch option to the dinner option to have the sea food option. Enjoyed exploring the steam boat, a band was playing nice songs, made the 40 min pass so quick. Upon reaching the shores of the restaurant, the whole crew were waving hello to us. We arrived to the Earnslaw restaurant before sunset which was a good opportunity to take photos. Dinner was superb, variety of options for the open buffet section, lots of yummy salads, cheeses, appetizers & delicious desserts, Charcoal grilled meat, personally I went to the sea food. The crew were so friendly, loved how they served me with a candle and a cake platter as it was my birthday. The sheep show was interesting, the presenter was enthusiastic as he was instructing the lovely dog with one word or two.
Upon our return back to town, I sat next to the band, lovely music and vibes with add to another birthday song :).
Overall, had an amazing experience.
Written 13 April 2024
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Joe C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
A few days ago I booked a day trip via RealNZ (Queenstown) to Milford Sound. The whole tourist experience from the initial booking experience through to the 13 hour journey to Milford Sound and return to Queenstown was seamless.
A special call out to Sìan, the sales lady at the Queensland location. She was very professional, setting the expectations of the trip from beginning to finish.
Additionally a special mention for “Pete” the guide and driver. Not only was Pete an impeccable driver, he took great pleasure in explaining, as he was driving the winding roads, the history, both from a geological perspective and a mythological perspective. His enthusiasm was infectious.

Whilst it’s a long day’s journey, the Milford Sound journey was well worth the money spent.

Kudos to the RealNZ team and to Sìan and Pete!
Written 22 March 2024
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It's wonderful to hear that your Milford Sound day trip was such a seamless and enriching experience! It's great that all through your day, you experienced excellent service from our team, specifically Sìan and Pet. We're delighted to have created such a memorable day in Milford Sound for you.
Written 9 April 2024
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Culture42259874873
Tauranga, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This Trip and BBQ lunch was amazing. Service on the Earnslaw was very professional. Our lunch at Walter Peak Station, was of a very high standard to being welcomed, your waitress, and the food was 5star. Thank you a day I'll never forget. Definitely not a kiwi BBQ, was top of the rang self service. Asked to go up table by table. Endless salads, hot and cold. 5 hot meats, with numerous condiments. Followed by desserts and cheeses.. Thank you
Written 5 March 2024
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It sounds like your trip to Walter Peak Farm Station was absolutely unforgettable! We're thrilled to hear that the service, both on the TSS Earnslaw and at Walter Peak, met your high standards. Thank you for sharing your appreciation; we're delighted you had such a fantastic time and felt compelled to thank us. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another exceptional day out in the future!
Written 9 April 2024
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Jayne M
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
What a shame. We were a group of locals and visitors celebrating a milestone birthday. The whole dinner was rushed, we were only just finishing off our mains when we were told we had 10 minutes or else we would miss out on the desert buffet. An extra 30 minutes of dining time is much needed to get a sense of value for money, and to enjoy the ambience of the place. The on-boat entertainment was poor to middling. Bring back the piano sing song please. Service was very good and food ok for a buffet. But not value for money folks.
Written 23 January 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent experience, we're sincerely sorry for falling short of your expectations during this special celebration. Your comments about the timing and the rushed feeling are valuable, and we will address this concern with our team to ensure a more relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for our guests. Thank you once again for bringing this to our attention.
Written 24 January 2024
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E8709
London, UK184 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
The ship tour fell a bit short of my expectations. I wouldn't recommend doing just that. While you get a glimpse of the ship and get closer to the mountains, it doesn't quite hit the mark. Exploring other water tours might offer a more exciting experience.
Written 29 December 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We're sincerely sorry to hear that the cruise did not meet your expectations. We strive to be transparent with our guests on what to expect from all of our experiences, and are sorry to hear that you were disappointed. In the future, may we suggest cruising to Walter Peak farm station, where there is a vast variety of activities including farm tours and our BBQ Dining experience. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.
Written 24 January 2024
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Don Pettit
Wellington, New Zealand27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We’ve done this experience three times and each time we have thoroughly loved it. The boat is a gentle, lovely sail on an incredibly beautiful lake, surrounded by mountains and vistas. The lunch is top quality, with amazing barbecue and a broad selection of food and lovely wines. The farm show is entertaining and educational, giving you a glimpse of the rural life. A great way to have some fun in Queenstown! Three times is not too many!
Written 20 December 2023
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Thank you for your fantastic review of the TSS Earnslaw Steamship and BBQ Dinner at Walter Peak! We're delighted you enjoyed the experience just as much the third time around and found the scenery as beautiful as much as we do.
Written 20 December 2023
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Rachel Harper-Dibley
Queenstown, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Business
A heartfelt THANK YOU to Amanda and the team in Walter Peak Station!! Our gallery team had the most beautiful cruise and bbq dinner for our Xmas party, during which I somehow managed to lose a small gem from my earring! I let some of the staff know once we were back on the Earnslaw and was beyond thrilled to get a message back from Amanda the next day saying they had found it! Honestly made my day. What a great bunch of people….❤️
Written 15 December 2023
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We're overjoyed to receive your lovely review! It was our pleasure to host your gallery team for the beautiful cruise and BBQ dinner at Walter Peak for your Christmas party. We're delighted that Amanda and the team were able to find and return your lost earring and will pass on your heartfelt thank you!
Written 20 December 2023
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Paddy H
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the experience of being on the steamship. Weather was good and views on the lake were lovely. Interesting to see the engines working below and the stoker shovelling coal into the boilers. We would have liked a longer cruise.
Written 3 December 2023
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Thank you for your wonderful review of the TSS Earnslaw Steamship cruise in Queenstown! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed exploring this historic vessel and the lovely views of the lake.
Written 14 December 2023
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Michael B
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great views and a well organised, well catered BBQ lunch at Walter Peak farm.

The loudspeaker system onboard the Earnslaw was very poor and neither of us could hear the commentary during the trip across. It needs replacing.
Written 23 November 2023
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Thank you for sharing your feedback on the TSS Earnslaw Cruise! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the great views and the BBQ lunch at Walter Peak farm. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the poor loudspeaker system on board the Earnslaw. Your feedback is valuable, and we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We will look into improving the audio experience to enhance the overall cruise. We appreciate your understanding and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for an even better experience in the future!
Written 26 November 2023
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newyorktraveler2013
San Francisco, CA80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Great afternoon, love the boat ride, the scenery. The farm/animals are adorable. Afternoon tea so so but good to have some time to rest in between. highly recommend the experience.

PS - we bought the tickets online but you STILL have to go to the Real NZ counter next to the steam ship to get physical tickets before you can board
Written 19 November 2023
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Your recommendation is much appreciated, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more delightful experiences in the future!
Written 26 November 2023
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